Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (44-62) dropped the opening contest of their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves (58-47) last night by a score of 4-2. Jason Vargas (2-7, 8.23 ERA) failed to go more than five innings for his 11th start in a row and gave up all four of the Braves’ runs. A perfect four innings from the bullpen couldn’t help lift the Mets past the Braves due to Vargas’ shaky outing and a quiet day from the offense.
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Jacob deGrom (5-6, 1.82 ERA) will face off against Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.00 ERA) tonight as he looks to get his sixth win and thus bring his pitching record back to an even .500 for the season. The game will begin at 7:10 p.m. EDT and can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.
Todd Frazier came off the disabled list yesterday and went 0-for-4 in his first game back.
Keith Law of ESPN spoke about the Mets’ farm system on Wednesday and talked about how it’s improving in comparison to last season. He added, “I know #lolmets is a thing because of the ownership situation but the outlook from their farm system is not bleak.”
Steven Matz‘s MRI results showed no structural damage according to Jon Heyman of Fredcred Sports. However, assistant general manager John Ricco announced on Thursday that the 27-year-old has a mild flexor-pronator strain in his left pitching arm and is likely to miss at least one start.
Ricco discussed David Wright who has been working out, but has no timetable in place to play minor league rehab games. He also mentioned that Peter Alonso will likely spend the rest of the season in Triple-A.
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MLB announced its postseason schedule per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The National League Wild Card game will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and the American League Wild Card game will be on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The World Series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Game 7 will be played on Wednesday, Oct. 31 if necessary.
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Greg Joyce of the New York Post mentioned that while Brandon Kintzler was traded, the anonymous source who leaked that the Nationals’ clubhouse “was a mess” is presumably still with the team since Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports helped clear Kintzler’s name.
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to maintain their first-place lead in the National League East thanks to a walk-off home run by Maikel Franco last night.
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Michael Mayer looked at the Mets’ poor defense and how it doomed them yet again during Wednesday’s matinee against the Nationals.
John Sheridan continued his “3 Up, 3 Down” series following the Nationals’ two-game sweep over the Mets.
This Day in Mets History
1962: Frank Thomas tied a National League record by hitting his sixth home run in three consecutive games. He would go on to add another homer in the following day’s contest.